Hoops squads start with setbacks

Dover Bay Dolphins, Wellington Wildcats defeated to start Welcome Back Tournament.

Dover Bay Dolphins senior AAA boys’ basketball player Jaeden Gilles

Dover Bay Dolphins senior AAA boys’ basketball player Jaeden Gilles

Duncan’s annual Welcome Back Tournament is an annual opportunity for some of the Island’s best senior boys’ basketball teams to take stock early in the season.

Two Nanaimo teams will have their work cut out for them.

Both the Dover Bay Dolphins and Wellington Wildcats were defeated Thursday at Cowichan Secondary School on the first day of tournament action.

Dover fell 74-52 to Brentwood, though the game was as close as 46-43 at one point.

“Our last four games we’ve competed very well in the first half and stayed with them and then just kind of tailed off near the end,” said Reid Fralick, the team’s new coach. “We’ve got to work on building as a team and staying together.”

Jon Bethell led the Dolphins with 14 points.

In Wellington’s 59-34 loss to Lambrick Park earlier in the evening, Brad Jenks was his team’s top scorer.

The tournament final is Saturday (Dec. 10) at 4:30 p.m. at Cowichan Secondary School.